Due to shift work, an operator is exposed to different hours, equipment, and tasks in Operations. As a new operator, you will find that it takes time to learn procedures and tasks that you will need to know. To advance in Operations, an operator must be comfortable with the background material and be ready to learn much more. It is easy to just memorize how to do something, especially when you do the same thing day after day. The difficulty lies in understanding what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how it affects other tasks or procedures.
You will probably not retain all knowledge covered in your initial Operations training. If you remember the basic concepts and know some of the more commonly used programs or procedures, you should do well on the job. As your knowledge of daily tasks and procedures grows, the pieces will come together, and you will realize that you understand. Your supervisor will try to keep track of where you stand on knowledge and what you need to learn. Of course, ask questions. This cannot be emphasized enough. You will learn about things much quicker by asking questions. Whenever you have the least doubt about what you are doing, always ask!
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